Where To Buy Traditional Mexican Clothing In Mexico City

Street side clothing
Street side clothing | © Gavin Anderson/Flickr

Northern England Writer

People don’t usually come to Mexico City specifically for the shopping – in fact, Mexicans tend to cross the border to the US to pick up branded goods. Nevertheless, travelers more often than not leave laden down with bags of traditional, handcrafted garments. From the classic huipil, a ubiquitous piece of clothing in Mexico and Guatemala, to Huichol beaded products, there are any number of ‘traditional’ styles of clothing to choose from, but here are the top seven places you’ll definitely want to check out.

1. La Ciudadela

Market, Shop, Bazaar

Street side clothing
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The one-stop Mexico City shop, or should that be market, La Ciudadela is a well-known handicraft destination for travelers and locals alike. Wandering round the countless stalls takes hours, as you stop to fawn over Oaxacan alebrijesand tin mirrors from San Miguel de Allende. This is an excellent option if you’re on the hunt for handcrafted clothing however, as it’s known for its wide selection of huipils,blouses, shirts and dresses. Make sure you negotiate and shop around though, as the first price almost certainly won’t be the lowest.

2. Mercado Artesanal de Coyoacán

Bazaar, Market

If you’re looking for clothing and accessories, then the Mercado Artesanal de Coyoacán is the perfect place to be. Famed for being the birthplace of Frida Kahlo, Coyoacán now has numerous shopping options. By far the most popular remains this artisanal market though, situated right of the Jardín Centenario. Handwoven bags, pillowcases from Chiapas and Huichol beading can all be found here, along with a ton of other products that you’ll find hard to resist.

3. Bazaar Sábado

Bazaar, Market

Our final market option is the legendary Bazaar Sábado, which only opens (unsurprisingly) on Saturdays. These sprawling tianguisare located just off from one of Mexico City’s nicest plazas and stock handcrafted designs from individual sellers and even better known designers such as Carla Fernández. From 9am to 6pm, you can get lost in this maze of stalls and pick up basically any quirky piece of handcrafted clothing you want. An unmissable Mexico City experience.


4. Casa de Luna

Art Gallery, Museum

Finally, another Coyoacán-based option is Casa de Luna, a gorgeous fair trade store which sells all manner of local, artisanal products. From jewelry to textiles to typical Mexican clothing, they have it all. This place is perfect if you want to branch out from just clothes too, as they also stock ceramics from Tzintzuntzan and products from San Miguel de Allende. Either way, all of the products sold in the ground floor store are exquisitely crafted and incredibly well curated.

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